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What size should I get my La Sportiva Solutions?

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Sean McGuinness · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2018 · Points: 0

So I wear a size 41 (8 in US) in my Scarpa Vapor V's but I'm looking to buy some La Sportiva Solutions. My Vapor V's were a perfect fit, I could wear them for about an hour before taking them off but they were still very snug because of the way it formed to my foot. I don't have the luxury of trying the Solutions on before purchasing them so I pretty much just have to take a guess. I was thinking about getting a size 40 or 40.5 (7.5 or 8 in US respectively). I like fairly tight shoes but I'm not too sure how much they will stretch. Anyone have suggestions?? Thanks!

Glass Tupperware · · Atlanta · Joined Jul 2012 · Points: 45

You probably want either 39.5 or 40. I wear 41 in most scarpa and 40 in most sportiva, but 39.5 in the solutions/geniuses. It would help to see your sizes in other shoes besides the vapor v

Stephen Lander · · Salt Lake City, UT · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 11

Personally, I'd advise against buying any shoe you can't try on in person. If the Scarpas are a perfect fit, why not stay in-brand? 

Chris Blatchley · · Somerville, MA · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 0

if your feet fit scarpa well (wider toebox) you'll probably have a hell of a time with solutions. they are just too narrow.

get a pair of instinct vs in the exact same size as the vapors. i have both and the instincts are vacuum sealed to my feet.

Acmesalute76 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2016 · Points: 66

I'd say the exact same thing as Chris. I had vapors in 44 and they were a little too small. I just got instincts in 44.5 and they fit like socks. Amazing. So if you like your vapors go same size in instincts. 

I've tried on solutions and all my toes were crushed except my big toe, which wasn't even touching the end of the shoe. I was actually surprised by how well the instincts fit because they have a similar asymmetry. 

It may be different for you but either way I would go try on the shoes. 

Mike Brady · · Van Diesel, OR · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 668
John Wilder · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2004 · Points: 1,535

Anytime I see someone asking what size they should get of a certain shoe, the first question is- why on earth would you buy a climbing shoe without trying it on? I can't wear most of the shoes on the market- only a handful actually fit my feet. 

The second question that pops into my head is why are you wanting that shoe in the first place? What's the motivating factor? Often its because someone heard that they were good for 'x-type of climbing'. IMHO, this is a silly reason to purchase a shoe blind. Shoes only work for their intended purpose if they fit your foot. 

The Solution is basically one of the most popular shoes around (and for good reason if you can wear them)- the next time you're near basically any climbing shop- go size in and see if you like them. 

Sean McGuinness · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2018 · Points: 0

The reason I am asking about the sizing and not trying them on is because I'm in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for school and climbing isn't very popular here (I live in Atlanta where climbing is much more prominent) so there aren't really any stores to try on shoes. There is only one store and it offers one aggressive shoe and it's the La Sportiva Skwama  (which did not fit my foot at all). I did some research and saw that the Solutions are great and I found a good deal on them. I will definitely give the instincts a try though! Thanks guys! 

Carter Smith · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2017 · Points: 10

Try to cross-reference your size.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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